If you're looking for a little inspiration, a tutorial, or resources to help you make the most of your software, you've come to the right place. Whether you want to learn a new technique with a step-by-step tutorial, discover time-saving tips and tricks, develop new skills with a video webinar, or enhance your knowledge with detailed training materials, you'll find everything you need to get the most out of Painter right here!
Follow these online tutorials for helpful step-by-step instructions that cover a wide range of topics for both beginners and experts.
Learn everything you need to get up and running in Painter X3!
Painter for Beginners – Getting Started
- The Digital Renaissance: Old Master Techniques, the making of the Painter box art by Carlyn Beccia (PDF) Publisher: Ilex (March 3, 2014)
- Painter for Traditional Art - Getting Started
- Plein air painting
- Making a sketch with the Wacom® Inkling® and painting it with Digital Watercolor
- Impressionistic portraits with watercolors
- Painting and effects with the Artists brush category
- Blending, smudging and painting with the Blenders
- Flow Maps
- Creating a quick Oils study
- Wet-into-Wet painting with Real Watercolor
- Painter for artists
- Creating an illustrated scene from scratch
- Painter for Illustrators - Getting Started
- Painting "S'mores"
- Cover Redesign
- Painting of the Dungeon Concierge
- Painter’s new mirror axis (PDF)
- Creating an Illustration (PDF)
- Painting Chun-Li (PDF)
- Painting a Comic Book Page
- Creating An Image Hose (PDF)
- Drawing a Comic Book Page with Finished Pencils (PDF)
- Inking a Comic Book Page (PDF)
- Painter for Photo Art - Getting Started
- Painting restoration for Chiesa Della Liberia in Saviano, Italy
- Pet Tutorial with Heather Michelle
- Portrait painting simplified by using the Cloners brush category
- A Useful Alpha Channel
- Turning a photo into a painting using cloning tools
- Wedding tutorial
- Painting Landscapes from Photos
- The power of photo painting - Getting started (PDF)
- Painting Portraits from Photos
- Painting natural-looking hair
- Photo-Painting Process
- Get creative by using clone color
View all Painter tutorials below. See Painter Lite tutorials.
Painter Tips & Tricks
Get useful tips and tricks from professional Painter artists working in a variety of creative fields.
You can also find more helpful advice below to help you get the most out of Painter.
Painter Master Cher Threinen-Pendarvis Tips
- Corel Painter - From Brush Search to Custom Palette (PDF)
- Corel Painter Watercolor washes, smooth and textured (PDF)
- Corel Painter - Moving paint in Watercolor (PDF)
- Anatomy of a Corel Painter Bristle Brush (PDF)
- Building a custom Corel Painter gradient to use in a painting (PDF)
- Show and use the Temporal Colors palette (PDF)
- Setting a grainy Chalk to expressively change its stroke width (PDF)
- Color-Managed Workflow in Painter 12 – Part 1
- Creating Painter Custom Palettes for Cinco
- Where Have all my Palettes Gone…? Working with Multiple Resolutions
- Clone Source Workflow: Moving from Painter 11 to Painter 12
- Hardcore Customization – Part 2 – Customizing Menus
- Hardcore Customization – Part 1 – Customizing Menus
- Addressing brush lag in Service Pack 1
- Importing custom content from Painter 11
- Quick Tip: Resizing Palettes
- Canvas Presets and Templates
- Understanding Painter's memory settings
All about brushes
- Brush Search in X3
- Image Hose Trick – Blending images with an Additional Color
- Creating a Custom Organic Oily Brush
- Using Flowmaps to Control the Flow of Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil
- Real Watercolor and Paper Texture Interactions
- Opacity vs. Opacity vs. Opacity …?
- Real Watercolor Deposition vs. Flow
- Controlling color mixing in Painter brushes
- Fun with creating new Real Watercolor brushes using Rake!
- Getting to know the Computed Circular Dab
- Creating Flow Patterns using Paper and Real Watercolor
- Improving Performance of Custom Brushes in Painter 12
- Painter 12 Brush Calibration bonus tip!
- Painter 12 Brush Calibration
- Real Watercolor - Dry Watercolor methods
Industrial Design Concepts
Join industrial product designer Erik Holmen of ROBRADY Design and discover the secret to creating stunning product sketches, renderings and design concepts that sell to major clients like General Electric, Mercedes-Benz, Yamaha, Dell Computers and other top brands.
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Entertainment Concept Art
Join well-known artist, creator and director Rob Prior for a special behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create stunning concept art for feature films, television shows and other entertainment mediums.
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Photo Fine-Art Paint Jam
In this session you're invited to Heather Michelle's studio, classroom and gallery to learn more about Heather's journey as a Corel artist and what inspires her award-winning photo fine-art style.
In this session you're invited to view Claudia Salguero's studio, classroom and gallery to learn more about Claudia's story as a Corel artist and what inspires her unique photo fine-art style.
Get to know artist Jeremy Sutton. Find out how Jeremy became the dynamic artist we know today.
Watch Heather Michelle, Claudia Salguero and Jeremy Sutton tackle the inspiration image. Follow them as they begin with a blank canvas and offer you valuable tips on getting started with photo painting.
Let Painter Masters Heather Michelle, Claudia Salguero and Jeremy Sutton show you how they create their works of art—step by step. Get valuable tips on printing, applying mixed media and presenting your work.
Traditional Art Paint Jam
Find out how Painter Masters Karen Bonaker and Peggy Gyulai came to be the professional artists they are today.
Watch as Skip Allen, Karen Bonaker and Peggy Gyulai bring the inspiration imagery to life on the canvas.
Join Painter Masters Peggy Gyulai and Karen Bonaker as they bring their works of art to completion. Get all kinds of painting tips along the way. Grab Karen's free brushes.
Karen Sperling walks you through the basic steps for getting started with pet portrait painting. You'll learn the key cloning and blank canvas painting techniques that will provide the foundation for creating your very first pet portrait.
Join entertainment illustrator Cliff Cramp as he demonstrates how to quickly block in a narrative environment. He will discuss composition, vantage point, shape, value, temperature of light and more as he lays in the quick paint.
Join award-winning artist, author and Painter Master Carlyn Beccia, who will take you inside her process for creating lively illustrated portraits for children's books. Learn Carlyn's special techniques for illustrating expressive faces and unique clothing. Carlyn will show how you can bring your characters to life using a Wacom Cintiq and Painter 12.
Discover how Painter Master and professional caricature artist Rhoda Draws uses the Image Portfolio and custom palettes to her advantage when creating caricatures of both celebrities and ordinary folks. There will also be an exciting live caricature demonstration of these features in action.
As a commercial illustrator, Greg Banning has worked with some of the biggest ad agencies on the planet, with clients such as Penguin Books, Scholastic and Random House. He was also recently responsible for re-imaging the iconic "Brawny Man" character for Brawny Paper Towels. Join Greg as he discusses his professional experience, shows samples from his extensive portfolio, and dives into specific tips that will help other artists get the most out of Painter 12.
Painter has a lot of expressive power under the hood, but many users are anxious about altering – and possibly losing – a beloved brush's individual character. Join Painter Master John Derry as he demonstrates how you can fearlessly explore fresh possibilities and expand your artistic voice using the brush engine of Painter 12.
Join Painter Master Helen Yancy as she shows you how to import a family photo into Painter 12 and then transform it into an amazing work of art that will remain a cherished item in your family for years to come.
The new Clone Source palette in Painter 12 is an exciting addition that will improve your workflow by keeping clone sources organized in one place. This overview webinar from Painter Master Marilyn Sholin will provide tips that help you understand the key points when using this incredible new feature. Download the FREE cloner brushes used in the webinar here.
Join Painter Master Jeremy Sutton as he demonstrates his techniques for painting from photo reference. See how he captures the spirit, energy and passion of dance while using a variety of brushes, textures, colors and values.
Join Painter Master Greg Newman for an up close and personal look at Painter Lite, the powerful new starter app designed exclusively for aspiring digital artists. In this webinar, Greg will offer a detailed explanation of how to use the various brushes which are included with Painter Lite. He'll also provide insight into his own approach to illustration and show how to use sketches as a jumping off point for the digital painting process.
This webinar will concentrate on taking a pencil or pen sketch of a character and turning it into a finished piece of art. Step by step images will be provided and final touches of the actual painting process will be demonstrated.
Join Cher Pendarvis, award-winning artist and author of the Painter Wow! books, for a look into some of the incredible, lesser known features of Painter. Cher will demonstrate how to make custom oily brushes, provide some pointers on using a few of her favorite special effects, and offer instructions on how to make custom palettes and workspaces.
Create works in the Impressionist style and learn why light, loose and colorful brushstrokes were so important to this historic style of painting.
Join award-winning artist Carlyn Beccia and discover her process for creating lively, illustrated children's book covers using a variety of brushes, patterns and papers.
Join Painter Master Jane Conner-ziser and learn painting techniques for restoring photos and turning them into profitable paintings.
Join award-winning artist Heather Michelle and learn how to turn a simple snapshot of any animal into a sellable, polished work of art using Corel® Painter™.
Add one photo, a few brushes, some art theories and a pinch of Tracing Paper and presto chango, your photos become magical works of art in Corel Painter 12! Artist, photographer, author and Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling shows professional photographers and hobbyists alike the tricks up her sleeve for creating spellbinding paintings from photos. No rabbits will be harmed in this webinar. Learn more about Karen at artistrymag.com, karensperling.com and lastreetsbykarensperling.com.
Award-winning artist and author Cher Pendarvis will give an overview of favorite features in the elegant new Painter 12 interface. She will demonstrate some of her favorite brushes and media, and show stages of a painting created with the new Real Wet Watercolor medium.
Join Painter Master and Educator Keith MacLelland as he shows you how to use all those inspirational photos and napkin scribbles to create a great-looking image and an interesting class project! Learn more about Keith at www.yourillustrator.com and www.etsy.com/shop/cowboykeithsplace.
Best known for his portraits of urban entertainers and celebrity likeness, Painter Master Mike Thompson will show you how to create a celebrity portrait in Corel® Painter™. Illustrators, concept artists and other creative professionals will discover how Painter can be used to bring visions to life. Mike's work can be seen on his site: www.miketartworks.com and you can visit his blog at: www.miketartworks.wordpress.com
In this session, Doug Sirois shares how to turn a pencil-sketched page into a full-color comic book page. Learn how to add value and lighting, block in colors and render the page into comic book perfection. (Recorded session coming soon)
Discover what's new in Painter 12! Cher Threinen-Pendarvis guides you through the new Real Watercolor and Real Wet Oil tools. Android Jones demos some amazing possibilities with the Mirror and Kaleidoscope tools. See other new features in action too!
In this webinar, Painter Master Dwayne Vance (author of Masters Of Chicken Scratch) will guide you through his techniques for creating quick thumbnail sketches for vehicle design.
In this webinar, Painter Master Jeremy Sutton will show you his techniques for creating a 'painterly' painting from photos.
In this webinar Painter Master Heather Michelle Bjoershol goes through a step-by-step tutorial on how to create beautiful art in Corel Painter based on an existing photo. Professional photographers will discover how Corel Painter can be used to expand their creativity and how it fits in their existing workflow.
In this webinar Painter Master Mike Thompson goes through a step-by-step tutorial on how to create beautiful art in Corel Painter. Concept artists, illustrators and other creative professionals will discover how Corel Painter can be used to expand their creativity and how it fits in their existing workflow.
Painter Training Resources
Digital Painting Fundamentals with Corel Painter 12, by Rhoda Grossman
This comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions for using the basic features of Corel Painter along with a Wacom graphics tablet.
Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner by Carlyn Beccia
Whether you're a beginner or an expert, Carlyn Beccia will help you master the tools and techniques of digital painting.
The Painter Wow! Book Tenth Edition, by Cher Pendarvis
Learn how to use Painter 12 features to get the most realistic digital painting experience on the market.
Painting for Photographers, by Karen Sperling
This book provides photographers with art lessons and step-by-step software instructions for turning photos into paintings using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
Painter 12 for Photographers by Martin Addison
Transform your photographs into stunning works of art with this fully updated authoritative guide to Painter 12.
Secrets of Corel Painter Experts
This incredible resource provides inspiration and practical advice for professional artists and aspiring artists alike, providing one-on-one access to the creative and technical processes of using Corel Painter.
The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book
Creative Techniques in Digital Painting using Wacom and the iPad.
The Artists' Quarter
Tim Shelbourne's Online Art Academy with a Variety of Painter Learning Options.
Digital Art Academy
The Digital Art Academy (DAA) provides a setting where it's fun and easy to learn digital painting. The DAA also offers basic and advanced courses in using Corel Painter. Take online classes and experience the DAA way for yourself.
Painter X3 Video Training from Infinite Skills
Expert Painter trainer Rhoda Grossman teaches users how to get the most out of Corel Painter X3. Using a combination of narrated videos and practical working files, users of all levels will find this course engaging, informative, and easy to follow.
Jeremy Sutton's Paintboxtv.com
PaintboxTV is a dynamic broad subscription-based Corel Painter 12 online learning resource. It's a place where expert instruction, digital art lessons, creativity and a passion for digital painting all come together in a series of professionally produced tutorial videos. Includes new material added each month.
Painter Essential Training from Lynda.com
Learn digital painting techniques in Corel Painter with our expert instructors. Transform photos into dazzling images or create original, painterly artwork using interactive paint mixing and digital brushes with a Wacom tablet.
The Gnoman Workshop
This professional training for artists features the techniques of Painter Master and Concept Design Supervisor for Lucasfilm Ryan Church.
One-on-one customized training with Heather Michelle
Painter Master and PPA Master Artist Heather Michelle offers customized one-on-one training via WebEx. All you need is a high-speed internet line and Corel Painter
Karen Sperling's Artistry online
This Painter Master website includes a wide variety of learning options for transforming photos into paintings.
VTC Corel Painter X3 Course by Jason Maranto
Let long-time illustrator and fine artist Jason Maranto ramp you up quickly on the powerful core features of VTC Corel Painter X3.
Karen Sperling – One-on-One Training
Take your digital painting skills to the next level by spending 30 minutes, one-on-one, with a Painter Master!
• 30-minute training session with Karen Sperling
• Personalized to answer your specific questions
• Flexible schedule to meet your needs
Digital Portrait Painting by Greg Newman
Painter Master and professional artist/illustrator Greg Newman offers illustration tips covering a variety of topics.
Marilyn Sholin's Digital Painting Shop
Learn how to paint outside the frame with tips from Painter Master Marilyn Sholin.
Join Painter Masters for live workshops, which are held on a regular basis. Check out the Masters' websites below for a current schedule of events.
Heather the Painter
Find a Corel partner near you. This database helps you to find Corel affiliates in your region who sell Corel products and/or provide training and support services.
Discover inspirational, time-saving workspaces that are designed specifically for individual art styles and workflows.